DENVER – Jan. 27, 2010 For the past three years, teachers in Colorado have opened new chapters in their students’ success by bringing new, relevant technology to their classrooms as a result of $400,000 awarded by the Qwest Foundation to Colorado teachers through the Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program.

 

To continue these high-tech triumphs, the Qwest Foundation announced that Colorado teachers can apply for a share of $150,000 in grants to fund technology-related classroom projects for the 2010-2011 school year.

 

KEY FACTS

·         The Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program will award grants of approximately $5,000 each to Colorado teachers who put today’s technology to use for their students.

·         The Qwest Teachers & Technology grants will be awarded to teachers through a competitive process administered by the Public Education & Business Coalition.

&am7pt "Times New Roman"">         Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers with ideas to use technology in the classroom to engage students, enhance student performance and prepare them for life in a technologically advanced world are eligible to apply.

·         The grant application deadline is March 4, 2010; educators may learn more about the project and download applications at http://www.qwest.com/coloradoteachers. The funds may be used to purchase supplies or to support professional development needs; funds may not be used to pay salaries or stipends.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Chuck Ward, Qwest president of Colorado

“In the midst of budget cuts, teachers are struggling to bring new technology and engaging programs to their students – that’s where Qwest’s Teachers & Technology program comes in. The Qwest Foundation knows how important it is to get students comfortable with new technology and its applications, and this program lets teachers do just that.”

 

Rosann Ward, president of PEBC

“It’s always important for teachers to have access to funding to bring special ideas and new projects to their students, and in this economically challenging climate, it’s even more essential. These grants will be instrumental in bringing new technologies into Colorado classrooms.”

 

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

·         Learn more about the project, and download applications at http://www.qwest.com/coloradoteachers.

·         For a list of eligible districts, visit: http://www.pebc.org/page.php?id=59.

·         See photos of past winners on Facebook.

About the Qwest Foundation

 

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.

 

About the Public Education & Business Coalition

 

Public Education & Business Coalition is a Colorado-based nprofit partnership of business and education leaders whose mission is to cultivate excellence in public schools so all students succeed in learning and in life. The 27-year-old nonprofit provides customized, site-based professional development for educators, and hosts ednewscolorado.org, an education-focused news and opinion Web site. 

 

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